April 25th, 2008
02:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Blitzer: Could John Edwards finally pick a candidate?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/03/art.edwards.gi.jpg caption="An Edwards endorsement could make a difference."](CNN) - With the North Carolina Democratic presidential primary coming up, the pressure will increase on former North Carolina Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to endorse either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

A formal endorsement from Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, potentially could make a difference in that May 6 primary, especially if they decide to go out and campaign aggressively throughout the state during their final days. Both Edwardses remain very popular among the state’s Democratic base.

There have been intriguing hints that both John and Elizabeth Edwards are leaning in favor of Clinton, but they have avoided any formal announcement. John Edwards has declined most interview requests since dropping out of the presidential contest.

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Edwards, a cancer survivor, said she supports Hillary Clinton’s health care plan over the one put forward by Barack Obama.

“In order to ensure that we have universal coverage, we need to say everybody has to join,” she told ABC News. “So, for that reason, the mandates that Sen. Clinton is talking about, I think are going to be more successful in achieving the goal.”

She added: “I just have more confidence in Sen. Clinton’s policies than Sen. Obama’s on this particular issue.”

Still, she and her husband have stopped short of offering any formal endorsement though some of their former campaign aides also seem to be leaning toward Clinton.

So let’s see if they change their minds and endorse a candidate before the primary. If they do, that could have a real impact.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. mjaber

    Edwards should make the smart decicion and endorse Obama.

    April 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Grif

    You would have to ask, Another John; that question.

    April 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Wayne

    Edwards announced in front of poor blacks who suffered from the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. That vary district voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

    Does Edwards still support those poor people or did he just use them? We will know the answer to that question by who he endorses.

    April 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    We highly respect John Edwards.

    It's up to him, of course, but we hope he supports Clinton.


    She is more experienced.

    Why not Obama?

    He rudely insulted the people of Pennsylvania, and we do not need a president who slams the American people. This is a seriois concern.

    We respect you John Edwards.

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Young & Educated 4 Obama

    The need to stay true to the people and the people wants Sen. OBAMA!
    The polls show him with a double digit lead so there is no doubt about it! Dont forget the will of the people who elected their officials!

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. owl

    do not forget that 50 of Edwards staff in NC recently opted and joined Obama's camp ...always give the full story please....
    OBAMA '08

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. concern citizen

    I don't understand the reason the edwards will endorse clinton when he was running a campaign aganist washington insiders. Clinton is a washington insider. It calls to question whether he believes the system in washington is broken or he just said it in order to receive votes. If the latter is true, it will be disappointing that he flip flopped on his position. Second, the article has not addressed the 49 mayors as well as the national co-chair of edwards endorsing Obama. It is possible that the edwards might endorse Obama. Lets see what happens.

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Dustin

    Hopefully Edwards will endorse the better candidate....Hillary Clinton....

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Frank, Missouri

    A health care mandate (a mandate to BUY health insurance) will not work with the Republicans – for many good reasons ! I am a Democrat, and I don't want to see a mandate. I want health care to be affordable for all Americans! REALLY affordable ! But it should not be a mandate like a tax.

    What happens when do don't pay your taxes ? What would happen if you don't sign up for Hillary Care ?

    Plus, she is being paid by the Pharma and Insurance Industry ... would be be working for us or selling for them ?

    April 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Patricia, Idaho

    Wolf, read our lips. Clinton will never, ever get the numbers she would need to overtake Obama. It's been stated numerous times as well that endorsements don't change the minds of the people that much.

    They only count if they're yours. 🙂

    April 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. SueB

    Edwards seems like a decent guy, I can't believe he would endorse all the lying, negative, unscrupulous behavior coming out of the Clinton camp.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Debbie, NJ

    I think that it is irresponsible for a leader not to lead their people to whom they feel would be the best candidate. The leaders personally know the candidates. They can read between the lines of the speeches. Not to say that the people have to follow their leaders, but the leaders should at least stick their necks out and lead. Isn't that what they're getting paid for. Especially due to the fact that they know who they want to support. They're just being lame and that's not fair to the people they are leading.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Pam

    Of course an article by Blitzer is slanted towards Hillary. Just come out and tell everyone you support her, Wolf.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. 52 year old Baltimore ,CPA, Black Women

    Thyey will be like the rest of us she for Clinton, he for Obama sound like my house;)

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Willam from Texas

    Come on John, time for you to endorse Hillary , as your wife does. This will give Hillary the edge she needes to cinch the nomination and put an end to all this. Obama can be VP and in eight years, he can become president, giving the dems 16 years of rule to set things right again.

    Gore needs to come out for Hillary too.

    Hillary/Obama 2008/2016

    Obama/? 2016

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. alex

    I don't udnerstand why this is so difficult nothing is gonna change after these last states. Obama wil still be ahead and Hilary will be trailing behind. Superdelegates please make a decison so we can move on.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Stephen New York City, New York

    Boo Edwards!!! Boo Clinton!!! Boo Obama!!! Go McCain!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    Funny-I heard he was leaning more towards Obama AND wasn't it like 40 something of Edwards' supporters have outwardly supported Obama? I guess we won't know until he makes a move, which I agree people need to be a bit more agressive in picking their candidate and quit hedging their bets!

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Chris H.

    Edwards will lose all credibility if he suuports Clinton after all he said about being for change and then claiming Clinton was trying to maintain the status quo. Obama would be the better choice, that or stay out of it all together.

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. JLPR

    The Edwards need to pick a candidate now or never =)

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. NLA

    49 former Edwards supporters/advisors have endorsed Obama...I doubt they would have done so without consulting Edwards first. This hardly appears to favor Clinton...whatever CNN...

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. CB in Florida

    Edwards would not endorse Hillary. His wife would do good to keep quiet and let the good senator speak for himself. Sen. Edwards' is a politician and wouldn't harm his own party, unlike Hillary Clinton and her advisers. Obama is more like Edwards anyway! OBAMA 08!

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Sam

    If Edwards doesn't want to be labeled a hypocrite, he will choose Obama... IF he chooses Hillary, his speech in LA and everything he ran for is a lie.

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Peter

    How can Cnn claim that a lot of former Edwards aids are endorsing Clinton when the fact is that must have endorsed Barack Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Voter for Hillary

    Edwards' platform is more aligned with Clinton's than Obama's, so he should support her. Even if he doesn't enjoy her personality as much as he does Obama's–this isn't a personality contest. It's a race about the issues and who has the best way to end the war, fix the economy, keep us safe from terrorist attacks, and repair our relations with foreign nations.

    April 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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